The look of any space is predominantly dictated by its floor and walls. If you like natural looks that can transport you to simpler times, then stone layouts are a great pick. Stone tile is the best option to create such a space given that it offers functionality along with style. An Orientbell stone tile is luxurious and elegant. Materials such as marble, sandstone, granite, limestone, onyx, and travertine are the most prolific natural stone tiles sold today. These stones are graded and valued according to their porosity. Sandstone absorbs water the most while granite is the least porous amongst all the naturally occurring stones. The different levels of water-retention help in determining the kind of tiling is best suited for outdoor and indoor locations. Oxidation is another factor that decides the utility of a stone tile.
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Why Orientbell’s Natural Stone Tiles Are Paving The Way
Out of the many varieties of natural stone tiles available at Orientbell, sandstone tiles and limestone tiles are widely used for protection purposes. These two can also be called stone cladding tiles. Sandstone tiles are either made of quartz or feldspar and can weather the rough tears of the environment rather successfully. Limestone tiles are chiefly made of calcium carbonate and can keep the temperatures low by absorbing heat. These two are therefore the most used natural stone tiles for cladding the exterior surfaces of a building.
Stone-cladding is becoming popular for two reasons- it enhances the look of a space and delays the regular wear and tear that occurs over time. Also, natural stones seep in moisture quickly, therefore a sealing coat has to be applied on top to prevent this from happening. A polished stone tile like marble is susceptible to scratches, a protective layer reduces the chances of damage. The practice of stone cladding tiles not just acts as a barrier against heat but also lowers the overall energy consumption in the process, like in case of limestone, by maintaining cool temperatures inside the building. Apart from its decorative uses, this process is a cost-effective and environment-friendly option to maximize the longevity of your walls.
A naturally occurring stone tile is unique in the patterns that it reflects as no tiles are ever the same. This gives a certain character to the tiling. The aesthetic properties of limestone and sandstone tiles are that the former can light up a dark room while the latter is expensive-looking. Natural stone tiles are also the best choice for kitchen floors. Limestone tiles are synonymous with a rustic style but need a sealing protectant to tackle their porosity which is where cladding comes in. This keeps bacterial infestation at bay. The same rule applies to bathrooms where stone cladding tiles like marble stops the fungus from germinating in high levels of humidity. It also provides an anti-slippage advantage.
Below are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions!
How do I seal natural stone tiles?
Many natural stone tiles, such as slate and marble are extremely porous and need to be sealed to make them less susceptible to stains. The entire area to be covered by stone tiling is cleaned thoroughly prior to sealing. Then, the first coat of the sealant is applied. The tiles are grouted and left for a few hours so that it can be cured properly. Finally, the final coat of sealant is spread evenly and left to dry.
Is stone tile porous?
There are a certain variety of natural stone tiles like marble and slate that are porous and hence need to be sealed after installation. Sealing the stone tiling covers the pores, which not only decreases the porosity of these tiles but also makes it easier to clean and maintain for a longer period.